Last night I attended a University of Waikato lecture entitled “Robotics in primary industries – the revolution begins!” presented by Professor Mike Duke.
Professor Mike Duke
It was fascinating!
Here are my notes on the talk:
The NZ Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has set the goal of doubling primary industry exports by 2025.
7 Key Challenges Slowing Growth In The Primary Industry
Very difficult to find locals interested in low-skill work so having to bring in immigrants
Often have to pay agencies to source workers which adds to labour cost
Rules and regulations around working hours, conditions etc
Work often needs to be checked 2 or 3 times, lots of wastage, lack of care
Workers often don’t turn up
Health and Safety
Increasing burden for compliance
Produces lower quality results
Continue reading “How Robotics In NZ’s Primary Industries Could Double Productivity By 2025”
Have you ever read a book and felt it rewiring your brain?
This is one of those books.
(This is actually the first of a pair of books. The sequel is called Homo Deus which looks at the future).
My whole adult life I’ve had a conflict between my Christian beliefs and my interest in science when it comes to the origin of humanity (and all life on this planet). This book nudged me one step closer to the explanations provided by science.
This book tackles the big questions:
Was the universe and humanity created by God?
Or, have humans, and all life on this planet, evolved over millions/billions of years? And if so, what is the evidence?
What is the purpose of humanity?
Why is all life driven to survive and thrive?
Were religions created by people to help us co-operate better?
I found a summary much better than one I could have written by James Clear on his blog:
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, summary written by James Clear.
So I have copied James Clear’s notes below, but first, here are 5 ideas that really stood out to me.
Continue reading “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari”
I’ve been a fan of Tim Ferris since the beginning when his first book 4-Hour Work Week caused me to quit my job. I own every book he’s written.
This book is a collection of his favourite moments from the 100’s of pod-cast interviews he’s done with “Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers”.
It’s also crammed full of recommendations for documentries and books, so after reading this book instead of my reading list being reduced by one, it has increased by 10.
The book is in 3 parts: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.
Here are my favourite bits of “Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers” by Timothy Ferriss.
Continue reading “Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss”
I’m envious of people with photographic memories. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to remember peoples names effortlessly!
But it doesn’t come naturally to me.
However, I do have a reputation for remembering peoples names.
What you don’t know is how hard I work at it.
Why do I work so hard?
First, because it’s so important! A persons name is the “sweetest sound in the world to them, in any language” (Dale Carnegie).
Second, because I like people remembering
my name. And the first step to achieve that is to remember their name first.
Over the years I’ve picked up a range of techniques from a number of books, articles, conversations that I’ve used to improve my ability to remember names.
That’s what I’m sharing with you today.
What you need to do is find a combination of a handful of techniques that suit you in particular.
Continue reading “10 Techniques To Improve Your Ability To Remember Peoples Names”
I absolutely loved this book.
I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading it.
My Feynman was so full of mischief and curiosity about the world.
He saw the world as a series of puzzles and he felt driven to solving them.
When he became curious about something or wanted to learn about something, or how to do something, he dove straight in and became an expert via experimentation.
This book was recommended several times inside a collection of interview transcripts with many of the worlds greatest minds. It just kept popping up again and again.
It’s not normally a book I would choose. It’s a collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman who was born in 1918 and died in 1988.
I found this
list of about 200 Feynman stories in the book useful for finding my 11 favourites. Continue reading “Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman”